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News 2016

Towards an Improved Social Dialogue in the Republic of Moldova

An international conference was organised on October 26th 2016 in Chisinau which provided a platform for a comprehensive discussion on Moldova’s main challenges in the area of social dialogue and ways forward towards a productive and far-reaching social dialogue, strong and reliable social partners and committed non-state actors. The conference addressed topics related to the European experience in the area of social dialogue and models that can be applied by the Republic of Moldova; the challenges of the social dialogue in Moldova and how the trust and cooperation between the social partners can be strengthened; the social agenda of the Republic of Moldova in the context of the Association Agreement with the EU and its implications for the social standards. The conference was organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the International Labour Organisation in partnership with the Moldovan Government, the Moldovan National Trade Union Confederation and the National Confederation of Employers.


Daily workers- modern slavery between legality and reality

A new draft law aimed at regulating the way the daily workers can perform occasional unskilled work that has been adopted by the Government recently has raised controversial discussions. While the employers are of the opinion that the law will make it easier for them to hire unskilled workers -with minimum documents and taxes- the trade unions as well as local and international experts got alarmed by the news saying the law will contribute to more abuses by the employers, depriving the workers of any social protection. Read more in the investigation  and the watch the documentary conducted by Friedrich-Ebert-Shtiftung (FES) in partnership with the Center for Journalistic Investigations. 


Poverty wages: how can the situation of the garment workers in Moldova be improved

Poverty wages and the terrible working conditions that garment workers face in the Republic of Moldova as well as other numerous and varying violations of law -wage theft practices, “envelope” salaries, unpaid overtime work-  are among the topics that have been discussed at the Conference “Poverty wages: how can the situation of the garment workers in Moldova be improved” organised by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in partnership with the Gender Centre, Trade Union Federation and Employers’ Association in the light industry sector. The participants have also discussed the findings and recommendations of the study “Stitched up: Poverty Wages for Garment Workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey” conducted by Clean Clothes Campaign and translated with the support of FES. The representatives of the social partners who participated in the conference have discussed ways of improving the social dialogue and the situation of the garment workers.


Annual Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum at its 4th edition

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Moldovan Foreign Policy Association (APE) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova (MFAEI), are organizing the 4th edition of the Annual Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum. 
Moldovan and international politicians, opinion makers, civil society experts and journalists will join to discuss about the degree of implementation of the Association Agreement and the main challenge of the Republic of Moldova European on the way toward European integration: justice reform and fighting against corruption prerequisites for real progress, as well as the progress and challenges in the Transnistrian regulation process.  
The event will take place on the 11th of October at the Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel, Chisinau. See below the agenda of the event.


Wagons of debts pulled by the Moldovan Railway Company 

A new journalistic investigation conducted within the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Project “Violation of Labour Rights in the Republic of Moldova: journalistic investigations", implemented in partnership with the Center for Investigative Journalism is presenting the sad story of the railway company employees who haven’t received their salaries for months. Protests broke out at the Moldovan Railway Company stations all over the country. While the employer failed to deliver on the promise to pay the salary arrears, the branch trade unions keep turning a blind eye at the problems confronted by those whom they are meant to protect and represent.   


"Decently about (un) decent work"- Radio talk show

Are you a graduate student from high school, or a student and are looking for a job?
Have you experienced problems while getting hired?
Have you worked for several months and haven’t got paid?
Did the employer make you indecent proposals?
Do you want to know how to avoid discrimination at the work place?
Then we think you'd be interested in attending the radio talk show "Decently about (un) decent work ",  
The event will take place on Friday, October 7th, at 17:45, at the Tucano Coffee Brazil, 91 A, Alexandru cel Bun Str.

We are going to discuss together the situation of young people on the labour market, identify problems and difficulties while getting hired, and look for solutions and opportunities that you never thought of.

Organizers: Youth Radio Moldova in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Gender Center and the National Confederation of Trade Unions of Moldova.


MACRO 2016  Overcoming the economic crisis: time for action

The fourth edition of the MACRO Annual International Conference took place in Chisinau, on September 30th, under the motto “Overcoming the economic crisis: time for action.” MACRO 2016 was organized by the Independent Think-Tank Expert-Grup in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The goal of MACRO 2016 was to discuss innovative and applicable policy recommendations that would set Moldova’s economy on a development path, ensure macro-financial stability and alleviate the social repercussions of the economic and financial crises on the poor population. The event provided a platform for debates among prominent figures from Moldova, as well as from the international community, about possible policy solutions for strengthening the economic and social security of Moldova. The organisers presented the main findings of the State of Country Report 2016 ( download here), which provided an analytical support for the discussions.


“Civic Fest 2016: Citizens for Good Governance” in Cahul  

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with Synergetica NGO and MOLDOX International Documentary Festival for Social Change has brought the Civic Fest for the first time closer to the citizens of the Cahul region, in the period of September 25-28, 2016. The event has brought together on the same stage civil society’s projects and ideas for good governance and participative democracy, social theatre performances, screenings of social-issue documentaries, photo exhibitions, workshops and master-classes, open space sessions, dedicated to all those who want to share civic excellence and contribute to a better society and social change. 


Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy offers dialogue and qualification programme for young leaders of progressive parties or social democratic youth organizations, young members of Parliament, junior government officials or active citizens of civil society from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine through a   Call for Applications. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invites progressive young leaders between 25 and 35 years to apply for the first edition of the Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy, which will take place from 20th till 27th of November 2016 in Germany (Berlin, Schwerin).


Transnistria- regulation or new tensions?

Read in the recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung interviews with representatives of the Moldovan civil society on the recent developments in the Transnistrian settlement process as well the situation in the region. What should be the “red lines” for the Moldovan authorities in the negotiation process and what should be the role of the Moldovan civil society in monitoring the process? Are the December elections in Transnistria going to change the situation for the better? Can we expect tangible results from the negotiations in an electoral year for both sides involved in the conflict? What are the messages of the British ambassador to the Moldovan political class and society at the end of his term as ambassador to the Republic of Moldova? To find answers to these issues, read the newsletter.


Lesson Sharing for an active democracy at the local level

Participants in the Citizens First civic education project implemented by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Association of Citizens with Initiative-mayors, local councillors, and representatives of citizens’ initiative groups – met on August 5-6 in Vadul lui Voda to share experience and discuss ways of promoting democracy at the local level through enhanced administrative transparency, improved access to information and citizens’ involvement in the decision making process. They shared experience also in the area of local anti-corruption policies and citizens’ involvement in the monitoring of the LPAs’ integrity. Citizens’ participation was a central topic of the meeting also in the context of the new development opportunities for the communities. 


Working in the underground without salaries and any social protection 

The Mileştii Mici Stone Mine State Enterprise, once a profitable enterprise, is on the verge of bankruptcy. The workers who have dedicated 20-30 years of their life to the work in the mine, are now forced to accept technical unemployment or work without salaries for months. Those who get sick or retire are realizing they are not entitled to health care or years of hard work in the mine have not been considered while calculating the pension for the reason that the employer had not paid the social contributions to the health and social insurance fund. Read here the full investigation and watch the documentary produced within the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Project “Violation of Labour Rights in the Republic of Moldova: four examples", implemented in partnership with Platzforma and the Center for Investigative Journalism.


Resumption of the 5+2 negotiations- a new window of opportunity?

The recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting the opinion of Moldovan, Transnistrian and Russian commentators on the resumption of the official negotiations over the Transnistrian conflict resolution that took place early this month in Berlin. What are the expectations from the resumed negotiation process? What are the interests of the major players- Germany and the Russian Federation – in the unfreezing of the negotiations, and what is at stake for Moldova? To find answers to these and other questions, read the newsletter.


Without jobs and with unpaid salaries at the ‘mercy’ of justice

A new journalistic investigation conducted within the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Project “Violation of Labour Rights in the Republic of Moldova: four examples", implemented in partnership with Platzforma and the Center for Investigative Journalism, is presenting the story of the former employees of the “Orlact” Ltd from Orhei, once a prosperous company, famous for its mayonnaise and dairy products. In a very short period, its new owners brought the company to bankruptcy by means of contracting a dozen of uncovered loans. Going through the insolvency procedure, the company management has sent the employees on unpaid leave, ”forgetting” to pay their outstanding salaries. The workers, who remained at the mercy of justice, have been trying already for the third year to get their salaries, but so far without success. Read here the full investigation and watch the documentary


Fighting for Wages at the Glodeni Zahar JSC

They had to spend years in courts in search for justice, in order to obtain their unpaid salaries. After 7 years of court proceedings and with the court decision in their favour, the employees are still asking themselves who is going to pay their salaries now that the enterprise has been removed from the State Registrar of Enterprises. This is the story of the employees from the Glodeni Sugar Factory that has been liquidated recently. Read the investigation that was conducted within the project “Violation of Labour Rights in the Republic of Moldova: four examples", implemented by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with Platzforma and the Center for Investigative Journalism. “Gordian Knot” is a documentary about the situation of the employees of the Glodeni factory, produced within the same project. Follow us on for other investigations about labour rights’ violation and problems faced by the Moldovan employees.


Annual Review of Labour Relations and Social Dialogue Moldova

FES has published the “Annual review 2015 on labour relations and social dialogue in South East Europe: Moldova”. The document assesses the state of social dialogue and labour relations in Moldova. It provides a comprehensive overview on the economic development in the country as well as legislative changes regarding labour market and industrial relations.


Moldovan Government- between commitments and fulfilment of obligations

The new issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is continuing with presenting opinions of national experts and of representatives of the diplomatic community regarding Moldova’s reform agenda and the implementation process. Read the newsletter to learn about the messages for the Moldovan authorities of the British Ambassador to Chisinau, Phil Batson, and what the civil society representatives think about the state of reforms in the country, including the social dialogue.


Specialised Labour Courts – a Reform Option for the Republic of Moldova?

It is the title of a conference organised today, March 18th, 2016, by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in partnership with the Moldovan National Trade Union Confederation (CNSM) and the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ). The participants in the conference- representatives of the Moldovan authorities, legal institutions, trade unions, civil society, and academia- discussed the findings of the FES Study “Specialised Labour Courts. An evaluation of their need in the Republic of Moldova”. They analysed the international experience in the area and explored options for building up additional capacities in Moldova’s judiciary system for dealing with labour right disputes.


Moldovan Government- between commitments and fulfilment of obligations

The recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting the opinion of the national expert community and of the EU officials on the reforms and legal initiatives by the Moldovan authorities. Read more in the newsletter about what the civil society representatives think about the amendments to the Broadcasting Code, the new Law on Prosecution and the recent ruling of the Constitutional Court on the direct presidential elections. Read also about the EU officials’ opinion on the Filip Government and its ability to face the economic and governance challenges, and lead the country towards European integration. 


The fight against corruption and the judicial reform- is real progress possible in Moldova?

The latest issue of the foreign policy newsletter of the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting you with a synthesis of the presentations made by the speakers in the Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum on the situation of the Moldovan justice and fight against corruption.  How is progress in the justice reform regarded inside and outside the country? What are the main problems of the Moldovan judiciary and how can they be solved? What are the most important lessons to learn from the experience of the Moldovan neighbour and partner- Romania? Read the newsletter to find answers to these questions.


News 2015


Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum

The Foreign Policy Association and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova are organizing the third edition of the European Integration Debate Forum, which will take place on October 30th, 2015, in Chisinau.  The Forum will assess Moldova’s progress in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU and, especially, the challenges that Moldova will face in this process in the next future. It will also address the issue of the state security in terms of freedom of expression and the threats posed by political propaganda. Among other things, the participants in the forum will seek answer to the question whether the fight against the high-level corruption has really started in Moldova or we are dealing with selective justice. For more details see the programme of the event.


Eastern Partnership Revisited

This report is the outcome of the joint endeavour of the Warsaw office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Stefan Batory Foundation, as well as of the contribution of the leading experts from the Eastern Partnership Countries and the EU who tried to find answers to the principle question of whether the coming years will decide the future of the EaP countries seeking closer relations, and eventually integration, with the European Union, namely Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Read the full report to learn more about the recommendations put forward by the authors in terms of the association of their countries with the European Union, taking into account the opportunities and possible obstacles faced by both the EU and the associated EaP countries.


Structure of the raion councils’ alliances: between hopes and facts

The new policy brief developed by IDIS "Viitorul" in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung presents an overview of the structure of the raion council alliances and of the raion presidents, as well as an analysis of the process of creating the majorities in the raion councils in the aftermath of the June 2015 local elections. Although the leaders of the AEI-3 political parties have announced the idea of creating alliances at the raion and local levels, in reality, the Liberal Democrats and Democrats have mutually excluded each other from several coalitions that have been created with the support of other parties such as PCRM, PL, BPEEM and PSRM. Extrapolating this situation, the author talks about the likelihood of a new government alliance and of a new majority for the election of the president to take place next year. Read the full text of the policy brief for more findings and analysis.


MACRO-2015: Fostering economic and social security

The latest issue of the foreign policy newsletter of the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is dedicated to the Annual International Conference-MACRO that took place on July 10th in Chisinau. The interviews presented in the newsletter draw on the key messages and conclusions of the conference. Read here to learn what the main economic, social and political security challenges of the Republic of Moldova are and what the national and international experts recommend as immediate and long-term measures to be taken in order to alleviate the country risks.


MACRO 2015 – Ideas for a safer economy 

Documentary of MACRO 2015 - " Ideas for a safer economy"


Moldova seen by the European partners 

The recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting the point of view of two representatives of the German civil society on the Republic of Moldova and its progress on the way toward European integration. One year since the signing of the Association Agreement, the prevailing mood in the European capitals in relation to Moldova is that of deception. The Moldovan question has passed in the background and is no longer considered of importance at least in the short and medium term. Read more on how Moldova is regarded at the moment  here. The newsletter is presenting also the position of the Moldovan experts regarding the main points to be reconsidered while reassessing the European Neighbourhood and EaP Policies. The position paper is part of FES Policy Paper: Reassessing the European Neighbourhood Policy: The Eastern Dimension.


MACRO 2015

The third edition of the MACRO Annual International Conference took place in Chisinau, on July 10th, under the motto “Fostering economic and social security.” MACRO 2015 was organized by the Independent Think-Tank Expert-Grup in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The goal of the 3rd edition of MACRO was to discuss the main factors of the worsening economic conditions, the key channels of shock transmission, the domestic weaknesses that multiply the repercussions of foreign negative shocks, as well as the social consequences of these phenomena. The event provided a platform for debates among prominent figures from Moldova, as well as from abroad, about possible policy solutions for strengthening the economic and social security of Moldova. The organisers presented the main findings of the State of Country Report 2015 ( download here), which provided an analytical support for the discussions.


Reassessing the European Neighbourhood Policy the Eastern Dimension. FES Perspective.

In March 2015, the EU launched a review process of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). In the interest of supporting this urgently needed review, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung requested six  position papers from experts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP).


Moldovan citizens are being informed to make a conscious choice in the local elections!

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has been implementing a civic education project to help the Moldovan citizens in the rural areas make an informed and conscious choice in the local elections from June 14th. In order to have a better understanding of the electoral processes and come to know better the candidates for mayor and local councillors in their communities, FES helped with the facilitation of seminars and electoral debates. The project activities have been organised in the following communities: Rusestii Noi, Sarata Galbena, Fundurii Vechi, Tomai and Avdarma.


EU Eastern Neighbourhood- Where To?

The recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter developed by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is dedicated to the results of the Riga Eastern European Partnership Summit. The latter is considered a failure by some Moldovan commentators, while others are of the opinion that the summit achieved its purpose since the final Declaration contains reference to the European perspective of the three Eastern Partnership countries that signed Association Agreements with the EU. Read  here to learn what the Moldovan experts think about the EaP and Moldova’s progress on the European integration path and how these processes are regarded by representatives of the diplomatic community in Moldova and by Moldovan diplomats abroad.


Moldovan and international experts about possible developments in the future relations between the EU and the East

The recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter developed by the Foreign Policy Association (APE) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung is presenting the opinion of Moldovan and international experts about the possible developments in relations between the European Union, the Russian Federation and the EaP countries. The experts have commented on the four scenarios outlined in a new FES report “The EU and the East in 2030”. To find out how they see the future of the relations between the above-mentioned actors and how Moldova should position itself in the new security environment, read the newsletter ( download here). 


Unprecedented decline in the support for the European integration. Causes and consequences

An unprecedented decline in the support for the European integration has been revealed by the recently conducted opinion polls. Despite the visa liberalisation regime that Moldova has been enjoying for more than one year, the free trade area with the EU and other significant victories on the European integration path, Moldovans remain divided along the integration options- the EU and the Customs Union/Eurasian Union. What is more, the balance is inclining significantly in favour of the Eurasian foreign development vector. What are the reasons for this alarmingly low support for the European idea and what could be its consequences for the future of the Moldovan European integration? Read the opinion of national and international experts on this in the recent issue of the  foreign policy newsletter developed by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.


Four scenarios: the EU and the East in 2030. Future relations between the EU, the Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership countries

The deep crisis in relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation has raised fundamental questions about the EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbours. How will the relations between the EU, the Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership countries look like in the future? What scenarios are plausible and likely? How to prevent the negative scenarios from happening? 

To find answers to these questions, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has developed four scenarios outlined in a new FES report “ The EU and the East in 2030” . On May 15, the FES organised a roundtable in Chisinau to discuss how the EU can make the positive scenarios more likely and prevent the negative ones from becoming reality. The event has been attended by decision makers, representatives of the civil society and diplomatic community in Chisinau.


The Russian Crisis and its Fallout

Russia is in an economic crisis. Through a combination of internal factors and external shocks, the Russian economy is heading for a deep recession. While this aspect is widely reported in the Western media, are Russia's neighbors to the west and south less in focus. Former Soviet republics are closely linked to Russia economically. Their populations are dependent on a prosperous Russian economy. How does the crisis in Russia affect these economies? And what are the consequences for the social and political stability?

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has asked nine authors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to analyze the consequences of the Russian crisis on their countries. Find their answer in a new FES study The Russian Crisis and its Fallout - The Impact on the Eastern Partnership States and Central Asia find  here


The Elections Results in Gagauzia – failure of Chisinau?

The above is the title of the recent policy brief developed by IDIS Viitorul in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The publication focuses on the governor’s election campaign and the results of elections which took place on the March 22nd. Who were the main candidates in the elections? What were the main aspects of the elections and what role had the geopolitical factor to play? Will the newly elected bashkan continue the policy of the ex-bashkan Formuzal, who had been in open conflict with the central government, as well as with the members of the Gagauz legislative body, or will choose the way of cooperation? Will the geopolitical factor play an important role in the relationship between Comrat and Chisinau or the focus will be on the social and economic problems of the region? Download the policy brief  here to find out about the most plausible scenarios. The English version of the policy brief will be available soon.


Launch of the Study „Public Hospitals Governance in the context of the Health Care Reform”

On April 3rd, the Centre for Health Policies and Analyses (PAS) in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung have launched the Study „Public Hospitals Governance in the context of the Health Care Reform”. Directors of public hospitals, representatives of the central public administration and of the civil society have discussed the findings of the study, including the challenges of the public hospital system in general and the hospital governance issues in particular. Read the study to learn more about the recommendations of the study and the priority interventions needed to remove the deficiencies of the current hospital governance system. The publication can be downloaded  here.


FES has launched a new edition of its Political Academy

On March 23, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched its 2015 edition of the Political Academy which aims at encouraging the youth to take part actively in the political and social life of the country, and contribute to the education of a new generation of politicians who will represent with dignity and competence the interests of their communities. The participants in the FES Political Academy who are young members of political parties of social-democratic orientation, civil servants, and civil society activists, will  improve their knowledge and abilities in the area of social-democracy, good governance and political communication and rhetoric.


Priorities of the Political Parties - between the European and Eurasian integration of Moldova

The recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting the foreign policy priorities of the Moldova parliamentary parties. While the parties from the ruling minority coalition aim at continuing the European course of the country, the main opposition party- PSRM- is in favour of the Eurasian integration and denunciation of the Association Agreement with the EU. Read  here to learn more about the foreign policy objectives and priorities of each of the Parliamentary parties. 

The recent negative developments in the financial and banking sector as well as the slow pace in implementing the European reforms raise concerns with Moldova’s development partners as to the capacity of the Moldovan Government to meet its commitments under the Association Agreement. Read in the newsletter an editorial about the economic prospects of Moldova as seen by the ex-minister of finance, Veaceslav Negruta, and an interview with the Swedish Ambassador to Chisinau, Ingrid Tersman, about the message of the development partners to the Moldovan government sent through the Briefing Book handed in to the Gaburici Government at the beginning of this month. 


Call for FES Political Academy 2015 launched

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is launching a call for the FES Political Academy 2015. FES is inviting youth from among center-left political parties as well as non-party affiliated youth, active in civil society and with a social-democratic orientation, who wish to improve their political knowledge and skills, to apply for an innovative training course provided by national and international trainers. The training programme will include three modules: social-democracy vs. other political doctrines; political rhetoric and political communication models; good governance. Read  here more about the content of the training programme and selection criteria.


News 2014


Choose Consciously!

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has launched a series of electoral public debates in the rural communities of the Republic of Moldova. The debates are organised within the Choose Consciously Project whose goal is to enhance the political culture of the Moldovan citizens and increase their civic activism and participation in the parliamentary elections. The project is being implemented in 9 rural communities and envisages organisation of 3 information seminars and a public debate in each community. A voters’ guide has also been published and distributed to the citizens in order to inform them about the elections, the role and responsibilities of the parliament, the elections traps and other useful information. All these are meant to help the citizens make an informed and conscious decision. The project is being implemented in the following communities: Peresecina, Joltai, Rusestii Noi, Sarata Galbena Soldanesti, Rezeni, Ciadir-Lunga, Ferapontievca and Cismichioi. Follow us for news and video registrations of the public debates.


 

On October 30th, the alumni from the FES Political Academy and members of the Youth Organization of the Democratic Party (PDM) met with Knut Fleckenstein and Andi Cristea, both Members of the European Parliament (MEP). The Young people from among centre-left political parties, public administration and civil society organizations discussed with the MEPs about Moldova’s EU association and the future of EU-Russia relations. 


MACRO 2014: Making European Integration Work for People

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Expert-Group is organizing the second edition of the MACRO Conference - Moldova: Assessing Country Risks and Opportunities. The goal of the conference is to discuss the key economic and social challenges and opportunities of the recently signed Association Agreement with the European Union. How to change the European integration from an elitist project to a more inclusive one? How can the implementation of the AA lead to stronger social cohesion amid rising EU-scepticism? How to ensure proper incentives for politicians in promoting structural reforms and how to make them accountable for their actions? How sustainable is the Moldovan pension system given the population ageing and high shares of migration and informal economy? These are some of the questions that the participants in the conference will try to find answers to. The discussion will be focused on the main findings of the  “Moldova 2014 State of the Country Report” which will be launched at the conference. The conference will take place on October 21st at the LeoGrand Convention Center. Look  here for the detailed agenda of the conference.


FES Political Academy 2014- Final Conference

On October 11th, the trainees of the FES Political Academy 2014 met for the final conference. 21 young people from among centre-left political parties, public administration and civil society organizations have presented their final projects developed within the Political Academy. The latter is an innovative intensive training course provided by national and international trainers which includes three modules: social-democracy vs. other political doctrines; political rhetoric and political communication models; good governance. The programme has been implemented during the period of March-October 2014 and comprised 34 evening and 3 weekend trainings.


CIVIC FEST –Civic Participation in the Realisation of Social Change

This has been the topic of the panel organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) within the Civic Fest 2014, implemented by the Synergetica Eur/Est NGO with the support of the East-European Foundation, FES, NDI, Erste Foundation and others. The festival has reunited people, projects and partners within a civic dialogue and for best practices sharing. Ordinary people, mayors and activists from Moldovan communities have presented their experience in the area of participative democracy, administrative transparency and improved access to information, acquired within the FES Project “Citizens First”. FES has also presented an innovative method of political education- social theatre performance- whose interactive character motivates the citizens to take an active part in the social life of their communities.


The first achievements in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU and future challenges

The new issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting the main messages and ideas conveyed by the speakers in the second edition of the Annual Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum which took place on September 16th in Chisinau. The main achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Association Agreement, independence of the judiciary, fighting against corruption and independence of the mass media were among the topics discussed by the participants in the forum. Read  here to learn more about the main points of the debate around these issues. 

On the other hand, what is  the citizens’ perception as to the progress in the area of justice reform and fighting against corruptionindependence of mass media and what do they think about  getting closer to the EU? Watch these vox populi videos produced in partnership with the Radio Free Europe within the European Integration Debate Forum.


Second edition of the Annual Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum in Chisinau

The Moldovan Foreign Policy Association (APE) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova (MFAEI), are organizing the second edition of the Annual Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum. 

Moldovan and international politicians, opinion makers, civil society experts and journalists will join to discuss about the first results of the association agenda of the Republic of Moldova with the European Union as well as the main challenges of the Moldovan European integration process. The forum will focus on the political association and economic integration of the Republic of Moldova with the EU, judicial reform and fight against corruption, independence of media and freedom of expression in the context of the European integration.  

The event will take place on the 16th of September at the Codru Hotel, Chisinau. See below the  agenda of the event.


European officials about the importance of the Association Agreement for the Republic of Moldova

The new issue of the  foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting messages of support to Moldova by European officials on the eve of the signing of the Association Agreement. The deputy-president of the German Bundestag, Ulla Schmidt, conveys the support message of Germany to the Republic of Moldova on the European integration path, while speakers from eight Nordic and Baltic States who have visited Moldova recently, speak about their experience as EU members and of the benefits for the Republic of Moldova of the signing of the Association Agreements. The speaker of Latvia, once part of USSR, speaks about how EU membership improved the quality of life of the Latvian citizens. Please find an audio summary in Romanian language  here.


Study: The performance of public health-care systems in South-East Europe

This publication analyzes the performance of the public health-care systems in eight countries of South-East Europe, focusing on the needs of patients in relation to five health problems: myocardial infarction, stroke, cancer, injuries and diabetes (type 2). The aim of the study is to provide qualitative insights about the expected versus the actual performance of the public health-care systems and to indicate the major areas that require intervention and development at both national and European levels. This empirical comparative study relies on qualitative research techniques and gathers the perspective of 1,438 individual witnesses and knowledgeable observers.


Europe and Social Democracy

This is the title of a Social Democracy Reader which is now also available in English. It is offered as a helping hand for political decision-makers and opinion formers in the more than 100 countries in which the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung promotes democracy and development, and contributes to peace and security. This book constitutes an invitation to tackle in detail and in various policy areas how the magnificent idea of the EU can best be realized. The electronic version of the book can be download  here.


The consequences of the referenda from UTA Gagauzia on certain rayons of the Republic of Moldova

The policy brief by IDIS Viitorul and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung tries to shift light on a rather problematic aspect for the Moldovan society and namely, the denial of the European integration course of the country by certain categories of the Moldovan citizens. Read the  policy brief to learn about the reasons for the rise in the anti-European mood among the Moldovan citizens, the likelihood of organising similar referenda to the one in Gagauzia in other rayons of the country and ways to overcome the tensions in the so-called “problematic” rayons of the Republic of Moldova.


Lessons learned by the EU and the Republic of Moldova from the Ukrainian experience

The new foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is dedicated to the events in Kiev which show that both the domestic and external developments may slow down, derail or even change the development course of the country. In this context, the Moldovan and foreign experts draw the attention on the lessons to be learned by the Republic of Moldova and the EU from the Ukrainian experience. 

Read in  this issue interviews with Günter Verheugen, ex-European Commissioner for Enlargement, Vitaly Portnikov, Ukrainian journalist and political commentator, Marian Cepoi, associate expert with IDIS Viitorul and an editorial by Victor Chirila, APE executive director.


Discussion panel „Eastern Partnership at the Crossroads? Lessons learned from Ukraine for the EU and the Republic of Moldova”

What is the right balance between incentives and conditionalities within the EaP? How can EU bring its neigbours closer to the EU without provoking tensions in the region in the situation when the EaP seems to have become unwillingly a subject of geopolitical struggle about spheres of influence? Does EaP need a new institutional and political format, and if so, how should such a format look like? How can political stability be preserved in the Republic of Moldova and how can one guarantee successful signing and ratification of the AA?
The above are some of the issues discussed by the panelists- Günter Verheugen, former EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood (1999-2004) and Member of the European Commission (1999-2010), Iulian Groza, Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova and Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova.
The discussion panel was organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and took place on January 29th, in Chisinau.


Call for FES Political Academy 2014 launched

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is launching a call for the FES Political Academy 2014. FES is inviting youth from among center-left political parties as well as non-party affiliated youth, active in civil society and with a social-democratic orientation, who wish to improve their political knowledge and skills, to apply for an innovative training course provided by national and international trainers. The training programme will include three modules: social-democracy vs. other political doctrines; political rhetoric and political communication models; good governance. Read  here more about the content of the training programme and selection criteria.


Current news 2013

  The Moldovan Foreign Policy Association (APE) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova (MFAEI), are organizing the first edition of the Annual Moldovan European Integration Debate Forum. 
The forum aims at providing a platform for a comprehensive discussion on the most critical challenges of democracy faced by the Republic of Moldova on the European integration path and ways of efficient implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU. The event will take place on 13 December 2013, at the Codru Hotel, Chisinau.
See the agenda of the event  here.


Final Conference - FES Political Academy 2013

On November 16, the participants in the FES Political Academy have met for the final evaluation conference- the graduation event within the FES Political Academy. The trainees who are young members of political parties of social-democratic orientation, civil servants, and civil society activists have presented their final assignments on topics of good governance, public policies and other issues of public interest. The event was followed by a reception with participation of the FES Political Academy Alumni. The FES Political Academy whose aim is to educate a new generation of politicians has been this year at its third edition.


 Citizens First Project – Lesson Sharing Conference

On November 15, FES in partnership with the Association of Citizens with Initiative has organised a lesson sharing event within the Citizens First Project, whose aim is to enhance the political and civic culture of ordinary citizens. The event brought together ordinary citizens, representatives of local public administration and project local coordinators who exchanged experience and shared good practices in the area of citizens’ participation in the decision-making process, improved administrative transparency and citizens’ access to information of public interest, efficient participative democracy tools, etc.

The Citizens First Project has been implementing since 2006 and project activities have been conducted in more than 40 rural communities.


Igor Corman at FES Berlin

On November 13, at the FES Headquarters in Berlin, the speaker of the Moldovan Parliament Igor Corman held a public speech on the topic “Republic of Moldova: Reforms and EU Integration”. The event was attended by Gernot Erler, deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, responsible for foreign, defence, development policy and human rights, other German MPs, representatives of political and business circles, as well as representatives of the civil society and diplomatic missions. In his speech, Igor Corman focussed on the political situation of the country, the European integration reform agenda and the Moldovan-German relations. Please find an audio summary in German language  here.


ipg-journal, new online-portal for progressive debates in German language

With ipg-journal, FES Berlin has launched a new online-portal for progressive debates in German language. The topics covered include foreign- and security policies, European Integration, Global Environmental Challenges as well as Economic and Social Policies. Please visit http:// www.ipg-journal.de/


The Iasi-Ungheni Gas Pipeline – the Economic Rationale and the Geopolitical Implications

The new issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is dedicated to Moldova’s energy problems, and namely to the newly launched Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline which will interconnect the national gas system to the European one. Is this project a real alternative for the Moldovan energy security? And what economic and geopolitical implications will it have? Read  here to learn the opinions of the Moldovan authorities and independent experts as well as of the Russian diplomats and EU officials.


Gagauz Autonomy: Political Blackmail or in Search of New Contractual Relations between Comrat and Chişinău

The latest edition of the policy brief by IDIS „Viitorul” and FES analyses the political situation in the autonomous region of Gagauzia. After a period of 18 years since the political compromise reached by Chisinau and Comrat, conflicts still arise in the relations between the central and regional authorities. Lately, the relations between Chisinau and Comrat have got worse. Read the policy brief to find out more about the aspects which influence negatively these relations and the proposed solutions for improvement of the communication between Chisinau and Comrat.


The Republic of Moldova in the Eastern Partnership. From “Poster Child” to “Problem Child”?

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has published a paper written by David Rinnert, a German policy analyst, who provides an outside view over Moldova's situation within the Eastern Partnership and on the eve of the Vilnius EP Summit in November. To learn more about the Moldovan Governmental crisis, the relationship between EU and the Republic of Moldova and the author's outlook on the opportunities and risks after Vilnius, read here.


Moldovan Foreign Policy: Priorities after completion of AA- negotiations

This edition of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is dedicated to the European agenda of the Parliament and the domestic reforms in the context of the initialling of the Association Agreement (AA) in Vilnius. Read here for the assessment of the situation by the speaker of Parliament Igor Corman and about the arguments around Moldova's European vs. Eurasian Integration. Read also about Traian Basescu's visit to Chisinau and the messages of his visit as viewed by the presidential advisor Iulian Chifu.


State of the Country Report 2013 has been launched

The Independent Analytical Centre EXPERT-GRUP in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched the State of the Country Report 2013 on August 2nd, 2013. The report is an objective analysis of Moldova’s situation in such areas as domestic and foreign policy, economy, technologies, social capital, demography etc. The report includes also the analysis of an opinion poll whose main results reveal that the Moldovan population is preoccupied by survival problems the main reasons for that being the underdeveloped economy, the vicious business climate which influence negatively the human capital and prevents the economic development of the country. Read the report to learn more about the state of the country and the findings of the opinion poll.


 MACRO 2013: A global view on Moldova’s economy

On June 18, 2013, the Independent Think-Tank EXPERT-GRUP and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized the 1st edition of the Annual International Conference "MACRO 2013: A global view on Moldova's economy." The conference provided a platform for a comprehensive discussion of Moldova's economic risks and opportunities and it brought together domestic and international policy experts and decision-makers. The event was also attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova who delivered a keynote speech. The discussions were based on the findings of the State of the Country Report 2013, a joint Expert-Grup and FES publication, which will be released soon.


Training on principles of equality

On June 14th-16th, FES conducted a training in Vadul lui Voda for the participants in the FES Political Academy. The students have been involved in discussions related to social democracy, and in particular to the status of social-democracy in Moldova. They have learned about the principle of equality and its theoretical justification in the context of the implementation of the Equal Opportunity Law and of the issue of minority rights in the Moldovan modern society. The students have also discussed about the social-democratic elements of the policies and initiatives developed by the Moldovan political parties. 


 Bachelor’s Degree Examination (BAC): looking for an impossible solution?

IDIS Viitorul in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung issued on June 6th a new policy brief dedicated to the highly debated issue of the bachelor’s degree examination. The policy brief analyses the specific circumstances of the BAC this year. Will the video supervision solve the systemic problem of the evaluation process of the lyceums’ graduates? To learn about this and the solutions for the BAC management system the author is coming up with, read here.


Can Transnistria be reintegrated?

An answer to this question can be found in the editorial by Victor Chirila for the APE/FES foreign policy newsletter issued on June 17t.h. The newsletter is dedicated to the recent developments within the Transnistrian conflict regulation process. To learn about the outcomes of the second negotiations round in the 5+2 format this year which took place in Odessa on May 23rd-24th, read here the interviews with the Head of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Moldova, Jennifer Brush, the American ambassador to Chisinau, William Moser, and the Chisinau main negotiator, Eugen Carpov. Read here also an interview with Daniel Vodă on the communication gap between the young generations on the two banks of the river.


Free Economic Zones –oases of excellence or short-sighted solution for the Moldovan economic development?

The new foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is dedicated to the business and investment climate in the Republic of Moldova and the issue of the Free Economic Zones as a model of industrial development. To find out what the main barriers and difficulties encountered by the foreign investors in Moldova and what the Pros and Cons of the Free Economic Zones as a model of the Moldovan economic development are, read here.
 


FES has launched a new edition of its Political Academy

On April 23, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched a new edition of its Political Academy which aims at contributing to the education of a new generation of politicians who will represent with dignity and competence the interests of their communities providing social-democratic solutions to the current and future problems of the society. The participants in the FES Political Academy who are young members of political parties of social-democratic orientation, civil servants, and civil society activists, will  improve their knowledge and abilities in the area of social-democracy, good governance and political communication and rhetoric.


Moldova in the ENP Progress Report - leader or laggard?

The new foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is dedicated to the progress made by the Republic of Moldova in the European Integration process. To find out about the state of play on the Association Agreement and DCFTA, the findings of the European Commission Progress Report on the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2012 with regard to the Republic of Moldova and how the representatives of various Moldovan political parties assess the country’s progress in the area of European integration, read here.


New IDIS/FES Policy Paper on Transnistrian Conflict launched

IDIS Viitorul in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has launched a new policy paper on the Transnistrian Conflict. In the paper "Finding Common Denominators in the Eastern Partnership Region: Towards a Strategic French-German Cooperation in Transnistrian Conflict" the authors David Rinnert (GIZ Moldova) and Dr. Florent Parmentier (SciencesPo Paris) argue that Transnistria could be "test-case" for a strategic French-German initiative in the EU-neighbourhood. The paper can be downloaded here.
 


Call for FES Political Academy 2013 launched


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is launching a call for the FES Political Academy 2013. FES is inviting youth from among center-left political parties as well as non-party affiliated youth, active in civil society and with a social-democratic orientation, who wish to improve their political knowledge and skills, to apply for an innovative training course provided by national and international trainers. The training programme will include three modules: social-democracy vs. other political doctrines; political rhetoric and political communication models; good governance. Read here more about the content of the training programme and selection criteria.


Equality and Non-Discrimination: the political, legal and social situation of sexual minorities in the Republic of Moldova

The above was the topic of a roundtable discussion organized by the Teatru “Spalatorie” and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on March 16th in Chisinau. Representatives of sexual minorities from the Republic of Moldova have for the first time discussed on stage about their sexual orientation, their challenges and the attitude of the politics and society towards them. The roundtable was a follow-up to the biographic performance entitled “Dear Moldova, can we kiss just a little bit”?, launched by the Teatru “Spalatorie” in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung, Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Goethe Institut, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Chisinau Municipality Culture Department

Current news 2012

European Objective Supplement

On Friday, October 26th, the Independent Press Association in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung  and East-European Foundation has released the 2nd issue of the “European Objective” Supplement. The  main objective of the supplement is to inform the Moldovan public about the European Union and the importance of bringing Moldova closer to the standards and values of the European community. The supplements tackles European issues from different perspectives in an intelligible way, helping the readers to answer such questions as “What is Europe today?” and “What should Moldova’s place be in the united Europe?” Read in this issue more about the “EU-Moldova” forum which took place last week in Berlin, about the EU-Moldova dialogue on the visa liberalization regime, and namely the progress in the reforming of the Ministry of Interior and other EU related issues.


The 16th issue of the foreign policy newsletter

The 16th issue of the foreign policy newsletter by Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung focuses on the speech held by the President Nicolae Timofti in the plenary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and on the visit to Moldova of five ambassadors to NATO from five neutral or non-aligned to NATO Western European countries. Read in this issue more about the main theses of the president Timofti’s speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and about the experience of the neutral and non-aligned countries in the cooperation with NATO, with relevancy to the Republic of Moldova.  


Foreign Policy Association in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung have released their 15th issue of the foreign policy newsletter. The central issues of the newsletter are the outcomes of the fourth negotiations round in the 5+2 format on the Transnistrian conflict settlement as well as the relations between Chisinau and Kiev. To learn more about the priorities and perspectives of the Transnistrian conflict resolution process and the expectations of the Republic of Moldova from the Ukrainian OSCE Presidency in 2013, read the interviews with the Chief of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Moldova, Jennifer Brush, and the Moldovan Ambassador to Kiev, Ion Stavila.


Trainees of the FES Political Academy participated in a weekend training in Vadul lui Voda

On September 21-23, the trainees of the FES Political Academy participated in a weekend training in Vadul lui Voda. The young politicians and representatives of the non-governmental organizations have discussed about the welfare capitalism and economic models of post-communist societies, as well as issues of nationalism within the context of the recent unionist marches and of the debates around the identity issue in the Republic of Moldova. The participants have also learned how to communicate efficiently with the public and mass media.


Foreign Policy Association in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Today, on September 15, the Foreign Policy Association in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, has launched the 14th issue of the foreign policy newsletter. The central topics of the newsletter are the results of the negotiations round on the Association Agreement and Free Trade Agreements as well as the challenges faced by the Republic of Moldova in the gas issue. What is Moldova’s progress in the negotiations on the given agreements and should Moldova or not accept Russian conditions for gas price reduction, learn from the opinions of the chief negotiators and experts interviewed in this newsletter.New facilitators for civic participation


New facilitators for civic participation

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is expanding its network of facilitators and the coverage area within the Citizens First Project. Representatives of ten Moldovan NGOs have been trained in methods of political and civic education for citizens. On September 7-8, they reunited within a Lesson Sharing Conference to exchange experience and share results. FES has been implementing the Citizens First Project for the sixth year.


Foreign Policy Association in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

On August 25, the Foreign Policy Association in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, has launched a special edition of the foreign policy newsletter dedicated to the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Chisinau. Read in this issue what the significance of this visit is in the opinion of the Moldovan and western experts.